Eminem has released a massive free mixtape ahead of Shady Records’ double-disc hit compilation Shady XV. The label has racked up so many hits, both commercial and underground, that all of them couldn’t fit, so as a gift to fans, they packed them into a 66-track freebie titled Shady Classics. Find the download link below.
Hosted by DJ Whoo Kid, the collection includes 50 Cent’s “What Up Gangsta” and “Wanksta,” D12’s “These Drugs,” “Devil’s Night” and “Git Up,” several freestyles and cuts from Obie Trice, Ca$his, Tony Yayo, Yelawolf, Lloyd Banks and Stat Quo. Also included are newer songs like “Detroit vs. Everybody” and Em’s collaboration with Sia, “Guts Over Fear.”
Addressing an earlier rumor that the freebie would be an album compiled from new material in the label’s roster, Eminem’s long-time manager Paul Rosenberg told MLive.com, “I don’t know why anybody thought we were doing that; it’s sort of a compendium of the material we’ve released that we didn’t have room for on the greatest hits that we really like.”
He also spoke about the label’s next 15 years in music, saying, “I don’t think our tastes are going to change that much. Because of that, I don’t think it’s going to reflect a big change on the label and a direction. But hopefully in the coming years we’ll be able to sign some new artists and get some young guys to carry things forward.”
Shady XV hit shelves on Nov. 24.
Download: Eminem vs. DJ Whoo Kid: Shady Classics